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Thien Cam Son - Mysterious & Romantic

Perhaps at the end of a lifetime, we still cannot discover all the wonders in the beloved country of Vietnam. In the beginning of each year, so many people from the North and South of Vietnam flow to Ba Chua Xu Temple, but not everyone has a chance to discover the mysterious and romantic Thien Cam Son - "roof" of the Mekong Delta.

Natural beauty

The mountain range near the Vietnam-Cambodia border contains many myths, which were the inspiration for writer Nguyen Quang Sang to write the famous novel “The land of fire”. There is also the largest statue of Maitreya Buddha in Asia on the top of the mountain to bless the world. Thien Cam Son is called Cam Mountain, the highest mountain in the An Son Range in An Giang Province, standing in the middle of the plain as a giant general who defends the southwest frontier. Thien Cam Son merges with Mekong river at the confluence of the Hau River and Chau Doc River to create a romantic painting of river and mountain. From the top of the highest mountain of Bo Hong, at 716m, we look down at the Great Buddha Monastery area like a pan covered with magnificent mountains. This is a rich plateau in the middle of Cam mountain, suitable for growing tropical and temperate plants, all year round fresh green fruit color.

Around the name of Cam Mountain there are different legends. It is believed that the Nguyen Anh was pursued by the Tay Son troops, fleeing here and ordered to prohibit (Cam) any stranger to go up the mountain. However, far more anciently, Cam Mountain name had appeared, because not many people dare to come because of dangerous road, many beasts and stories of metaphysical characters dominate the mountain tops. In addition, the robbers after robbing stayed there and created weird information to prevent people from entering their lair.

Montain in the dialect of the south-western border is "non" or "vo". Previous researchers suggested that there were five mountains in the That Son mountain range, but in fact, there are more. In addition to 5 mountains: Dau, Bo Hong, Ba, Ong Buom, Thien Tue, there are also Ong Ta, Chu Than, Bach Tuong, Phao Binh, San Tien mountains.. creating a majestic range. Perhaps Cam mountain is also called Gam (Silk) Mountain.

The beauty of nature in Thien Cam Son makes it an ideal place for both ecological and spiritual tourism. On the East of the foot of Cam Mountain, there is Lam Vien Tourist Area with full of entertainment services, food, shopping, relaxation. From here, along the way up the mountain, visitors will meet the romantic stream of Thanh Long, where you can take a cool bath, climb up to Son Than Gate, take the entrance to the plaza of the Great Buddha Pagoda, with Thuy Liem cave and pond. The area also has some guesthouses, hotels to serve overnight visitors enjoy the fanciful romance space at night on Cam mountain. In the last days of a year, the air here from sunny turns to cool, not different from Da Lat or Tam Dao, attracting many tourists, especially the couple go to mountain to enjoy the spring.

Smile of Maitreya Buddha

The happy figure of the familiar Maitreya Buddha is closer and more holy when we "meet" Him in the huge figure sitting smiling happily on top of Thien Cam Son. All of the mountains that are dangerous suddenly become peaceful with his appearance. Particularly, through the soul and wisdom of the artist "Wanderer" Thuy Lam, images of Maitreya Buddha became more peaceful, gentle, compassionate and blessed. The Maitreya Buddha statue is 33.6 meters high, with a total weight of nearly 1,700 tons and a total of 1,700 tons, made between February 2004 and December 2005. The statue has a high aesthetics of architecture, harmony between forest space and the height of the statue. The harmony also reflected in every detail of the statue's art, from the smile of the Maitreya Buddha to the eyes, ears, hands, sitting posture, view ... In May 29, 2013, Asian Record Organization announced the Maitreya Buddha on the top of Cam Mountain as " the largest Maitreya Buddha statue on mountain in Asia."

Standing in any position on Thien Cam Son, we can also see the white statue of Maitreya Buddha, sitting majestically and serenely amidst green space, surrounded by mountains and forests, reflecting on the vast lake. Thuy Liem Lake covers an area of 60,000m², containing 300,000m³ of water, which was built in 2005, with a long red paint bridge crossing over, full of fish released by visitors. The huge Maitreya Buddha image with the Van Linh Pagoda and the large Buddhist Temple creates three architectural complexes reflecting on the lake. Such a unique picture.

Van Linh ancient pagoda, when newly built, called La (Leaf) pagoda, located at the foot of Bo Hong mountain, now is a magnificent construction, with Quan Am Cac tower with nine floors 35m high. The large Buddhist temple is the center of Cam mountain peak, which was built by the monks of Ben Tre in 1912. Bay Do was a patriotic hero, the whole family sacrificed in the war against France, He escaped to the refuge and built the temple, founded the Nam Cuc Duong denomination with thousands of followers. They practice martial arts day and night to fight against the enemy. However, in the end, he was arrested and imprisoned. The temple was destroyed by the enemy, then rebuilt by the disciples, until 2007 it was built and became a monumental Great Buddha Monastery.

In the spring, going to Thien Cam Son peak, we not only enjoy the romantic scenery of nature, fresh air, but also immersed in the mysterious legends. You can burn an incense to offer the Buddha and the ancestors, stand quietly in the sound of bell in the middle of the ancient monument, the soul will feel serene. It is more relaxed when we admire the smile of the Maitreya Buddha from the summit with blessings, love to everyone and every home.

Hunting Cuisines of 3 Regions in Vietnam in Danang

In addition to Da Nang specialties, other provincial dishes such as Nha Trang grilled nem, Binh Dinh fresh shrimp cake or La Vong fried fish (Hanoi) are also loved by visitors to Da Nang.

Nha Trang Grilled nem: A bit like Da Nang nem, but Nha Trang’s is different in accompanied food and sauce. Grilled nem is often presented in a big round bamboo dish, served with crispy rice cake and vegetables. Nem is rolled with vegetables, pickles in rice paper. Sauce with enough spicy, salty, sweet taste is processed from more than 20 kinds of spices. The main ingredients include sticky rice, soybeans, tomatoes, shrimp, lean meat, pureed pig liver mixed with sugar, garlic, chilli ... A serving of grilled nem is 35,000 VND (1.5 USD), sold on Huynh Thuc Khang street.

Binh Dinh banh xeo tom (shrimp cake): The famous pancake from Nau land enriches Danang cuisine. Diners can hardly refuse the crispy pancake on a charcoal stove, topped with fresh shrimps and beansprout on the cake. Diners can eat the cake directly or roll with salad, rice paper, dip with seasoning sauce, add garlic and chilli. In Da Nang, there are many shrimp cake restaurants like Nam Hien, Co Ba ... It costs 20,000 VND each (0.8 USD).

Buon Me Thuot banh uot (wet-rice cake): Banh uot in Buon Me Thuot, a well-known kind of roll dish, is already in Da Nang. The rice cake is thinned, steamed and then spread on a plate. Diners will roll the cake with grilled meat, cucumber, chopped pickles, herbs... dipped in fish sauce or anchovy sauce. The basic part consists of a barbecue plate, wet cake, is about 30,000 VND (1.5 USD). You can eat at Le Dinh Duong street, Hai Chau district.

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La Vong fried fish: This is the famous dish of Hanoi, made from fish and spices. It is delicious with crispy taste outside but soft in the middle. Shrimp sauce is the special spice of this dish Those who cannot eat shrimp sauce, especially foreigners, can choose other sauces. A serving for two people is 200,000 VND (USD 8), sold in the North Restaurant on Ham Nghi Street in Thanh Khe District.

Lang Son grilled bread: Bread is baked over charcoal with two stages, the first is grilling with oil till it’s hot, then a mixture of spices and honey will be applied to grill it. If you want to eat crispy bread or not, tell the owner so they will adjusts to suit your taste. Previously Lang Son grilled bread is served with butter and thick sauces, now it can be followed by barbecue and cucumber. This dish is sold on Pham Quang Anh Street, priced at 20,000 VND (0.8 USD) per serving.

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Da Lat - The City of Dreamers

Da Lat makes people live more slowly, to slowly sip and feel the simple things in life.

Da Lat is most beautiful when it just wakes up after a long night. In the morning, this land is quite cold for those who live in hot land, and it is easy to see if you suddenly see a soft mattress with a warm blanket is extraordinary charming.

But come here, try to wake up once to see the moment the white mist comes to the door and gradually fades away, and sunlight glows on the leaves. The purity and the goodness of the heaven and the sky seems to light up the soul of the human.

You can find the peace of Da Lat from the cup of hot and fragrant coffee in the street corner. There are many beautiful cafes, and also many good cafes. Getting to Dalat without visiting Tung is wasted. It would be superficial to say Tung is a place to drink coffee. Tung has more than that.

This was the place where the famous musician Trinh Cong Son and the singer Khanh Ly first met, where also imprinted the footprints of many generations of artists from more than half a century ago, for example Tu Cong Phung, Bui Giang. This is where people can slowly sip the bitter taste of coffee at the tip of the tongue, mumbling to the melody: "Which dust escorting my body, for me to become dust one day....

To Tung, unconsciously people feel the brown of the old, the fragrance of nostalgia and the aftertaste of memory. Tung is not wide, so acquaintances or strangers also become closer.

You can find the romance of Dalat from the wild flowers along the road. Do not ask where the most beautiful place in Da Lat is, because no one dares to give a correct answer. This land is gentle and mellow, but still wild, making people want to explore. Arrive Da Lat, do not rush to go to the famous tourist attractions.

Sit down, lean back on an old pine tree to hear the whisper of the wind, inhale the scent of pine resin. Da Lat is not only romantic because of Paris-like architecture, or majestic with white waterfalls. In the eyes of the dreamers, Da Lat is beautiful from the wild flower branches of the road. Just open your heart, breath deeply and immersed yourself in the pace of life in Da Lat, you will never lost or lonely in the land of thousands of flowers.

Escape to Fresh-Water Beach in Ninh Thuan

A pristine beach, a starry sky, a cool clear stream... all these beautiful things will be yours when camping in Nuoc Ngot Beach (Freshwater Beach).

Located in Tu Binh region, under the Nui Chua National Park, Freshwater Beach is considered paradise nestled in Ninh Thuan with white sandy beaches and crystal clear water. Location of Fresh Water beach is gorgeous with three sides surrounded by mountains, besides there is a stream gurgling and never dry all year round.

In addition to the above, the Freshwater Beach has no food services or accommodation, this place is also uninhabited, so if you go camping there, everything will be absolutely deserted.

In Freshwater Beach, the first thing you have to do is swim. Leave belongings on the sand, and then you can immerse yourself in the mild waves and gentle sun. The beach has a long sandy shore, no reef so although you cannot swim, you still can enjoy clear blue sea. The beach is far from residential areas, water springs originate from the Nui Chua National Park so it is completely clean and safe. 

You should bring swimming goggles to look underwater. The water is so clear and clean that you can see everything underwater remotely. It is home of many species of fish, snails, crabs and coral sea. You will admire the exotic scenery of a miniature ocean with many interesting things.

However, the evening is the best time of Freshwater beach. In the light of the sea campfire, wind and waves, enjoying barbecue seafood and music from a mini speaker is one of the most wonderful experience. And yet, just look up you can see a sparkling starry sky. Around the cliff, flashing spots of hundreds of fireflies make the scene like fairyland. All these things will make you have a very memorable night at Freshwater beach.

Take a nap in the morning, if you want to see the sunrise on the beach, you have to spend a little effort to climb the rock. Very shortly, when the sun comes out at sea and the first rays of light flashed, you can record wonderful moments with your camera and share them with your friends. Surely everyone will be jealous of you.

There are many ways to reach this beautiful beach. The quickest way is to fly to Cam Ranh International Airport and then move 40km further to the direction of Binh Tien. The second way is more economical: take a motorbike or bus ride to Phan Rang. From Phan Rang you go about 50km on DT702 coastal road to the Freshwater beach. 

For those who are not interested in moving much can book tours to the island of Binh Hung. Usually in the schedule to explore the island Binh Hung, canoes will take you to this beach. However, this way is not suitable for those who like camping and exploring nature on their own because time is tight.

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The Attractive Destinations for a Spring Trip in Northern Vietnam

In the New Year, when the spring comes, after the moment of family reunion, will be the first people will a Spring trip (often to the temples) to pray for peace, luck, fortune, health ... Followings are the attractive destinations in the North that you should visit.

#1.Taking a trip to Vieng Market (Nam Dinh) – “buying” luck and “selling” troubles

In the beginning of the year, everyone wants to get good luck, get rid of bad things of the old year. Referring to the attractions in the north, we can not fail to mention Vieng Market, the market met only once a year in the New Year day to get good luck. The custom of going to Vieng market in Nam Dinh has been handed for hundreds of years.

The Attractive Destinations for a Spring Trip in Northern Vietnam

Once a year, on the 7th, 8th of lunar January, Nam Dinh residents and tourists from everywhere flock to Vieng market to “buy” good fortune, “sell” the risk, pray for luck for themselves and their family.

The market is met from the evening of the 7th to the morning of the 8th in Lunar January. People, regardless the buyer or seller, go to the market without caring about profits. The seller do not raise the price, the buyers do not bargain so strictly, because, in their belief, caring about the price will reduce the sacredness, the luck of the first fair.

The Attractive Destinations for a Spring Trip in Northern Vietnam

Goods are sold in the unsettled tents or in anywhere on the ground, but not in kiosks, market stalls as the modern markets nowadays; therefore, Vieng market carries the features of a traditional market in the Northern plain. People here mainly sell agricultural tools, flowers, seed and folk toys, ...

Farmers attending the fair to buy sickles, hoes or knives to wish a good weather year and favorable work. People who like trees often buy a few small plants, mainly get buds (figuratively, the good fortune) in early spring. Children are interested in the toys, especially tò he (a toy figurine made from glutinous rice powder) in shape of a dragon, a phoenix... The market is met in only one day and only once a year, so people often wish that they could go to Vieng market twice in January.

#2.Bai Dinh Pagoda (Ninh Binh)

In the New Year, many people enjoy their spring by taking a pilgrimage trip to the land of the ancient capital of Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh, where has the famous Bai Dinh pagoda to commemorate the past, tribute the ancestors and look for the perfectly good truth, goodness, and beauty. In addition, we can enjoy the beauty of the most famous scenic complex in northern Vietnam.

The Attractive Destinations for a Spring Trip in Northern Vietnam

Bai Dinh Pagoda, which is recognized as the highest mountain temple in Southeast Asia, is located in Gia Vien district, Ninh Binh province. Bai Dinh Pagoda is a part of Trang An Scenic Complex, where is recognized as a cultural and natural heritage of the world by UNESCO.

As a massive architectural work, with an area of 700 hectares, Bai Dinh Pagoda is currently the temple owning the most records in Vietnam. Coming to the populations of mountains and Bai Dinh Pagoda, tourists will have the opportunity to visit the famous sections of the temple.

The first section that you meet is Tam Quan gate (Three Gates) with the two statues representing the Good and Evil. Then, you will encounter the bell tower of 3 floors with the arched roof. This tower keeps a bronze bell of 36 tons, the largest bell in Vietnam. After that, you will visit Phap Chu worship hall, where has Tathagata Buddha statue cast in bronze with a weight of more than 100 tons and a height of 8 meters.

The Attractive Destinations for a Spring Trip in Northern Vietnam

Walking to the inside, you will encounter Tam The hall of 76 meters above sea level, this hall is the largest and the most massive building in the temple. This is the worship hall of the three Buddhas symbolizing the past, the present, and the future.

Bai Dinh Pagoda festival usually takes place from the beginning of the lunar year, starting from the 1st day of Tet, the main festival on the 6th and lasting until the lunar March. The ceremony of worshiping the Buddha is organized solemnly to commemorate saint Nguyen Minh Khong, commemorate the merits of the Buddhas, Cao Son God and Thuong Ngan Mother (Mother of the Forests).

The festival is cheerful, bustling (from the 6th of New Year) with a lot of activities such as dancing, singing, wrestling, tug of war, playing cards and other folk games. There are a large number of Buddhists, locals, and thousands of domestic and international visitors participating in the festival. On the accession of the New Year, everyone prays for luck, fortune prospers, favorable career, good health ... for their family.

#3.Huong (Perfume) Pagoda Festival (Hanoi)

Huong Pagoda Festival has also opened annually from the 6th of lunar January, lasts until the end of lunar March. Huong Pagoda festival is still considered the biggest festival of the year held in Huong Son scenic area, My Duc district, Hanoi.

The Attractive Destinations for a Spring Trip in Northern Vietnam

Huong Pagoda Festival is held right in the spring when white apricot- flowers bloom and cover the forests. At this time, millions of visitors from everywhere flock to Huong pagoda to pilgrimage. People come here not only to worship in the land of Buddha, where Avalokitesvara Buddha evolved and led a religious life but also to take a trip to the mountain and river, admire the natural beauty that the Creator bestowed Huong Son land.

Dubbed “Nam Son De Nhat Dong” (literally translated as the most beautiful cave in Vietnam), Huong Pagoda is an incredibly famous relic and scenic spots, including a system of temples situated in pristine mountain forests, so they still keep their mysterious pristine looks.

The Attractive Destinations for a Spring Trip in Northern Vietnam

With the hands of natural artifacts along with the creation of humans, Huong Son has a very mysterious cave system. Visiting Huong Son, travelers is like getting lost in the fairy land with mountains, river, the clouds, with iridescent stones like flowers and silk, with stone steps floating in the clouds ... The beauty of Huong Son has become the inspiration for many artists to create the masterpieces.

#4.Taking a pilgrimage to Yen Tu (Quang Ninh), the land of Buddhism

Trăm năm tích đức tu hành
Chưa lên Yên Tử, chưa thành quả tu

(Even when you have accumulated good works and led a religious life for hundreds of year, your practice would not be acknowledged without visiting Yen Tu)

In the new year, people in the North often enjoy the spring by visiting the land of Buddha, Yen Tu Mountain, a solemn pagoda with pristine mountains and a system of hundreds of temples, shrines, pagodas stretching from the Red slope to the peak of Yen Tu. Since ancient times, the imperial dynasties in our country ranked Yen Tu mountain as one of the famous mountains in Vietnam.

The scenic area of Yen Tu, Uong Bi district, Quang Ninh province, is located in a primeval forest in the Northeast on an altitude of over 1,000 meters above sea level. It is known as the source and the center of Buddhism in Vietnam with the great mark of Buddha Emperor Tran Nhan Tong. Despite having to go through thousands of stone steps to reach the summit, tourists want to pilgrimage to the land of Buddism once in their lifetime.

The Attractive Destinations for a Spring Trip in Northern Vietnam

Yen Tu Festival begins on 10th, lunar January and lasts until the end of lunar when spring is about to end. The rituals are performed solemnly in the foothills and then the journey of Buddhists conquering the thousands of stone steps, going through the pine forest, bamboo to reach Dong (Bronze) pagoda, the highest point of Mount Yen Tu.

In every festival season, Yen Tu welcomes millions of visitors from everywhere taking a pilgrimage to the Buddhist land. People go to Yen Tu to feel a majestic, wild natural, to get immersed in a pure land and feel their mind being restful.

January is the month of relaxing and festivals, so people enjoy the spring by taking a pilgrimage, going to the temples to pray for peace, talent, fortune, good luck for themselves and their family. Please select the appropriate location for your spring trip in the new year to begin a year of luck and peace.

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Mu Waterfall - The Primitive Destination for Travel in Hoa Binh

Like a girl at her most beautiful time, Mu waterfall attracts travellers by spectacular natural beauty of the blue cool water falling down huge rocks, creating many floors.

Located at an altitude of over 1,000 meters, under the first part of the majestic Truong Son range, Mu waterfall is in Mu village, Tu Do commune, Lac Son district, Hoa Binh, only about 140km from Hanoi.

From afar, though not seen, but we can hear the sound of extraordinary cascade of water pouring down. Just climb down the short stone steps, around the groves and then Mu waterfall appears with rushing white water.

Stepping down to the waterfall you will feel overwhelmed by spectacular beauty that nature has endowed this place with the blue cool water falling down huge rocks, creating many floors. It is really eye-catching and very beautiful.

At the foot of the Mu waterfall, there is a small lake with walkway to each floor. The deepest point of the bottom of the falls is around 2 meters, so it is not too dangerous for tourists. One of the highlights of the Mu waterfalls is an amazing blue lagoon that is as large as a natural swimming pool at the foot of the falls.

Along the waterfalls from downstream to upstream, there are murky canopies, which people can go along to conquer each floor.

To reach the Mu waterfall, starting from Hanoi, you can go towards the Thang Long Boulevard to get to Ho Chi Minh Trail. After running more than 100km, close to the national forest of Cuc Phuong, we turn right and continue to drive more 15km to reach Vu Ban town (the centre of Lac Son district). Then ask for directions to the Mu waterfalls (Ngoc Son, Ngoc Lau, Tu Do). Please note that the road from Vu Ban town to Mu waterfall is really challenging because it is very dangerous, small and winding, so the best mean of transportation is motorbike.

The Impressive Waterfall of Ta Ngao in Lam Dong

Ta Ngao Falls is located in Thanh Loc, Bao Lam district, Lam Dong province. Although being exploited and invested for tourism activities, this place still remains its unspoiled and natural beauty, urging the adventurous heart to come. It is about 20 km from Bao Loc, the way to get here is not too difficult. From the center of Bao Loc, towards Dalat direction, tourists can go to Dai Binh junction then turn right, follow the direction of the Loc Thanh market. Continue driving about 2 km more through the market, you'll see the turnoff. Just drive another 4 km to get to the valley.

If you want to go to the waterfalls, you have to walk about 1 km. The only the only way to pass all 7 floors of waterfalls is to wade across the stream flowing on the big rocks. In the days of the dry season, water flows very gently but it’s so rushing during rainy season. That is why you should choose to go in the dry season to have a perfect trip discovering Ta Ngao waterfalls.

Walking among the lush primitive forests, visitors can immerse themselves completely into the vast natural and feel the pure fresh air. The sound of waterfall, birds singing, the wind blowing mixes together to create impressive and unique jungle music. With 30 meters high along with the rugged vertical slope, the magnificent falls definitely look like a natural waterslide.

And when visiting Ta Ngao waterfall, you will admire the majestic beauty nestled among the marvellous jungle. Wonderful unspoilt landscape makes anyone stunned and amazed. The most interesting is the waterslide game. You will slide on the slippery black rocks and finally drop yourself falling into the lake below. With tremendous speed, you will enjoy the exciting feeling of sliding fast among wild mountainous scenery, the ride in the Ta Ngao falls is really a breathtaking, thrilling, new and interesting journey.

You will experience a refreshing feeling when falling down, immersing in clear and cool water of the lakes below. The water splashing makes you more excited. Leaving the lake, sitting on a rock and watching the surroundings, you will have more indescribable feelings.

If you want to go upwards the starting point, you can use a rope tied to a tree on top of that waterfall and then climb the falls. Check-in waterfall Ta Ngao, you will enjoy many wonderful things. This is not just journey to discover the nature but also a trip to challenge yourself and train a “steel” mental strength.

You can bring food to enjoy a barbecue in the mountains.
Poetic beauty of scenery combined with super adventurous experience will give you a lot of good memorable moments. However, travelers should note very carefully to the safety of themselves, be well equipped with protective equipment, pay careful attention when participating in the games, so the journey is filled with memorable pleasure only.

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Top 6 Things to Do in Phu Quoc

Travelling to Phu Quoc and enjoying the wonderful activities below surely will help you to bring back home a heart full of new experiences.

Mud bath at Galina Phu Quoc Mud Bath & Spa 

Located right on the white sandy shores of peaceful Duong To commune and only 10 minutes ride from Phu Quoc International Airport, Galina Phu Quoc is the first mud bath and spa resort in the "Pearl Island" . With 21 mud pools and 19 high-end spas, Galina will help your to have an exotic enjoyable holiday. You can drop yourself floating in smooth puree warm mud, enjoy the fresh sea breeze and watch the clear blue sea stretching to the horizon.

Especially, mud used in the resort is taken from mines in Ninh Hoa (Khanh Hoa), processed through centrifugal technology to filter and select the best mud. It is then processed with ultraviolet light and heat to disinfect, so it very safe for health and skin.

In addition to soaking in mud, when coming here you also can participate in other exciting activities such as a dip in the Jacuzzi pool, body massage, foot massage by modern technology, aquatic therapy, outdoor swimming pool ...

Coral diving

Coral diving is a favourite activity of the tourists when visiting to Phu Quoc because this experience is not age restricted. Even those who cannot swim can do it by wearing lifejackets and let yourself floating simply above the water surface and enjoy the fish or coral.

Marine ecosystem in An Thoi archipelago in the South or Mong Tay islet, Doi Moi islet and Thay Boi islet in the North of Phu Quoc Island is the perfect place to explore the world under water. Especially, the coral reefs here are always in the top in Vietnam regarding the richness with 17 types of hard coral, soft coral and various types of sea anemones.

Night squid fishing

When night falls, the whole island of Phu Quoc became silent but far in the ocean, the lives of the fishermen are still bustling with lights shimmering like a busy city. It's time to experience the exciting moments of relaxation with the crew by night squid fishing. The price of a squid fishing trip is around 300,000 VND (12 USD) per person. You are picked up to go aboard in a large vessel at 5 PM to go to the place for squid fishing. The squid fishing vessel is normally equipped with lots of lights to attract the squid, creating a sparkling scenery among dark ocean surface.

There’s nothing more interesting than fishing the squid hunting under the sea by yourself, or catch some swordfish, blue bone fish emerging from the sea. Booty, which are fresh squids or various kinds of fish will be served on board.

Phu Quoc prison

Located in the An Thoi commune in the southernmost area of Phu Quoc Island, Phu Quoc prison was once the place to detain the southern revolutionary soldiers before freeing time. Coming to the place that dubbed as "hell on earth", you can witness the relics remaining here to see more clearly the patriotism of our compatriots, understand more about the history of the people of Vietnam. After the trip, you will love our country more than before. No entrance fee for visiting this monument.

Explore the island on a motorcycle

In addition to Long Beach, Star Beach, Khem Beach, most wonderful beaches of Phu Quoc is still untouched. Roads in Phu Quoc are not crowded, so you only need to rent a motorcycle and go looking for deserted sandy beaches. The best place to find your own paradise is along the northern beaches of the island.

Enjoy the sunset in Dinh Cau

Dinh Cau Cape is a must-go destination in Phu Quoc for every tourist to relax and enjoy. Natural rocks look like a strange shape mountain with waves around, surrounded by heaving rocks and peaks which are adorned with an ancient mossy temple. The most exotic is the beautiful sunset, bringing great emotion to the guests.

Top important festivals in Vietnam

More and more foreign travelers travel to Vietnam not only for beautiful beaches and sceneries but also for unique cultural festival all year round. Traditional festivals are a form of cultural activities that are formed and developed throughout the course of Vietnamese history. Some of these festivals are celebrated nationwide; as some provinces have their own series of festivals unique to the locals. Thanks to the diversity of places holding places, there is a variety of the types of Vietnamese traditional festivals. Each festival has its own way of celebrating, which is an interesting point for tourists when traveling to Vietnam. One thing that can make you totally surprised is that there is no day in Vietnam when the festival calendar is blank! Life in Vietnam is a succession of major and minor festivals. Thus, taking part in some major festivals in Vietnam is one of the best ways to explore the country and to earn unique experiences for your holidays. Here are some important festivals, which are celebrated nationwide.

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1/Lunar new Year (Tet Nguyen Dan)

This is the most important festival in Vietnam. It is held on the first day of January based on Lunar Calendar. It can be described as the combination of Christmas, New Year’s Eve and Thanksgiving. It is the period of time in a year for all family members to reunite in order to greet the new lunar year together in the hope of good fortune and happiness. Thus, people who are far from their house will come back home to join the happiness and gather with their family. During the 3 days of Tet, Vietnamese people pay visits to their relatives, friends and neighbors. In exchange of wishes for longevity, health and wealth, adults give “li xi” (lucky money), which are put in small red envelopes together with wishing them fast growing-up and intelligence. Fireworks, unicorn dances, music shows and flower fairs are often held everywhere to celebrate this special occasion.
Top important festivals in Vietnam

There is a saying in Vietnam, “Father’s Tet is on the First Day of New Year, Mother’s Tet is on the Second, and Teacher’s is on the Third”. It can be explained as, on the first day, Vietnamese visit their parents on the husband’s side on; on the second day, they turn to parents on the wife’s side; and lastly, they spend their third day of Tet visiting their teachers.

2/Mid-Autumn Festival (Tet Trung Thu)

This festival falls on the fifteen day of the eighth lunar month. Every Vietnamese is longing for the day that the Moon is the largest and brightest, when they feel like they are not only a practical creature but a romantic one and a beauty part of the whole universe. The full moon represents fullness and prosperity of life.
Top important festivals in Vietnam

Children parade on the streets, while singing and carrying colourful lanterns in different shapes and sizes. Dances are also traditional, and include the dragon dance and the flower dance.

3/Hung King Temple Festival

It takes place from the 8th to 11th day of the third lunar month in the year. It is a traditional festival which honours the first King of Vietnam - King Hung. This is when all Vietnamese people remember their origin and express their respect as well as gratitude to ancestor of Vietnamese people. During the festival, Vietnamese people from all over the country head for King Hung Temple on Nghia Linh Mountain, Phu Tho Province to take part in this historical and meaningful festival.
Top important festivals in Vietnam

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Travel to Vietnam if you are looking for rural adventures

Vietnam is filled with beautiful and exotic rural countryside, especially in the North of the country. The scenery ranges from jagged peaks seen from winding mountain passes down to verdant paddy fields painted every shade of green in the palette, while the nation's long history and an amazing number of ethnic minorities mean that culture-vultures will find plenty to admire. Let's travel to Vietnam to discover more on of the hidden gems of the South-East Asia!
Travel to Vietnam if you are looking for rural adventures
Ma PiLeng Pass in Ha Giang

Brief history of the region

The Far North of Vietnam is famous for its superb scenery with opportunities for trekking out to isolated hamlets such as SaPa, Son La, Moc Chau and Mai Chau.

Back to the 1950s, the region was the first to be liberated from French rule. Though much of the infrastructural and political damage from the war has been repaired, unmarked minefields along 1000km of frontier pose a more intractable problem: most areas – including all which regularly receive tourists – have been cleared and declared safe, but in the more remote areas it’s sensible to stick to well-worn paths.

The "heart-breaking" beauty of the Far North of Vietnam

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The beauty of the Far North Vietnam
The region boasts a transcendent beauty of landscape and colorful minority hill tribes. Dazzling sceneries of rice terrace fields, splendid mountains, and beautiful hill tribes will not only strike your sights but also deeply touch your heart.

Basic information about the Far North region when you travel to Vietnam

The Far North of Vietnam consists of six provinces next to the China border: Cao Bằng, Lạng Sơn, Bắc Kạn, Thái Nguyên, Tuyên Quang and Hà Giang. Some roads leading to this area are small and rough.

The best time to travel to this region is autumn and spring. In fall, you can enjoy the spectacular beauty of golden rice fields and spring is the flowering blossom, which lets you enjoy this land at its very best.

#1. Cao Bang

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Ban Gioc Waterfall
Cao Bang province with its capital of the same name borders China on the east of northern Vietnam. There are approximately 550,000 inhabitants in this province. It is mainly mountainous with spectacular scenery and good trails for trekking and exploring the ethnic minorities in the surrounding villages.

Some important must-see places to explore in Cao Bang

Pac Bo village (at the Bang Giang and Hien rivers) is where Ho Chi Minh established a revolutionary force in January 1941.

Ban Gioc Waterfall is the largest one in Vietnam and the fourth biggest one in the world. In the sunlight, you can watch the seven color waterfall. The color of the water depends on the weather in this area. 

#2. Lang Son

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Phai Ve Mountain in  Lang Son
The history of the province is associated with the Bronze Age when a trade route passed this city that connected China (Guangzhou) with India.

Some important must-see places in Lang Son

Dong Dang Town is known as The Gateway of Friendship (Youyi Guan). Vietnamese and Chinese residents pass through the gate so they can sell food and items in another country.

Mau Son Mountain is one of the most beautiful places in Southeast Asia and Vietnam. There are many stone houses from the time of French colonization in Vietnam.

#3. Bac Kan

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Ba Be Lake in Bac Kan Provine
The most famous place to visit is Ba Be Lake. It was established as a national preserved forest and tourist center in 1978, before being established as Vietnam's eighth national park in 1992. It was recently recognized by UNESCO as the third Ramsar site in Vietnam - an important wetland of the world. 

#4. Thai Nguyen

Thai Nguyen has revolutionary tradition, historical vestiges including Van, Vo mountains, Dinh Hoa ATK vestige, and Doom Temple.
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Tea Hills in Thai Nguyen Province
Nui Coc Reservoir is the most visited attraction in the province. This 2,500ha lake includes 89 islands, concealing mysterious legends. 

#5. Tuyen Quang

Tuyen Quang owns 300 historical cultural vestiges. The famous one is Tan Trao Historical Site. It was used as a resistance base before the August 1945 Revolution.
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Gam River in the Winter - Tuyen Quang 
It is known for the Na Hang Primitive Forest, where is the home of valuable fauna and flora such as dinh, mun (ebony trees), sen (bassia), ape, panther, flying weasel, antelope, and upturned-nosed monkey. 

#6. Ha Giang

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Rice fields in Ha Giang
This is the most beautiful Northern Province when you travel to Vietnam. Ha Giang is the place where almost 90% of the population are ethnic minorities with their own cultures and lifestyles.

You must enjoy a lot of fantastic mountain scenery over the whole area. There is the world famous geopark named Dong Van Karst Global Geopark. It was designated by UNESCO as one of 77 sites with the important geological and cultural heritage. This geopark is littered with the ethereal karst formations that are nearly 400 million years old and has two protected areas.

Your travel to Vietnam is not complete without a visit to the Far North of the country. You will be impressed by its authentic, unique beauty which has made Vietnam become the diverse and welcoming gem of the Southeast Asia.